The Silence of the Lambs is the 1991 Academy Award winning adaptation of the bestselling Thomas Harris novel of the same name, directed by the versatile Jonathan Demme (Married to the Mob, Caged Heat, The Manchurian Candidate, The Truth About Charlie, Rachel Getting Married), who had previously scored acclaim with his Tom Hanks awards darling Philadelphia. The novel was a sequel to Harris' previous book Red Dragon, which was itself filmed by legendary director Michael Mann as Manhunter in the late 80s, and carries over one of the signature characters ' Dr. Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter ' essayed in the film by Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (Magic, A Bridge Too Far). In the film, FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Best Actress Oscar recipient Jodie Foster, Panic Room, The Accused, Taxi Driver, Bugsy Malone, Contact, Maverick) accepts an assignment to appeal to the incarcerated psychopath to aid her agency in the manhunt for a monstrous psychopath dubbed Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine, Heat, Monk, Evolution), who is flaying women in order to construct a 'woman suit' out of their skin for himself. Can Starling get on Lecter's good graces in time to save the daughter of a Senator, before she becomes Bill's next casualty?moreless
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Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Dr. Frederick Chilton
Buffalo Bill: Now it places the lotion in the basket.
Catherine Martin: Please! please I wanna go home! I wanna go home, please!
Buffalo Bill: It places the lotion in the basket.
Catherine Martin: I wanna see my mommy! Please I wanna see my...
Buffalo Bill: Put the fucking lotion in the basket!
Buffalo Bill: It rubs the lotion on it's skin. It does whenever it's told.
Catherine Martin: Please mister, let me go! My family will give you anything you want!
Buffalo Bill: It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.
Lecter: You fly back to school, now, little Starling. Fly,fly,fly.
Lecter: (to Starling) I do wish we could chat longer, but... I'm having an old friend for dinner.
Starling: (after Lecter has escaped)
Jack Crawford: (to Starling) Believe me, you don't want Hannibal Lecter inside your head.
Lecter: Well, Clarice, have the lambs stopped screaming?
Lecter: (to Starling) All good things to those who wait.
Lecter: Why do you think he removes their skins, Agent Starling? Enthrall me with your acumen.
Starling: It excites him. Most serial killers keep some sort of trophies from their victims.
Lecter: I didn't.
Starling : No. No, you ate yours.
Lecter: (to Starling)A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer was the first choice to play Clarice Starling but turned down the role because she found it too scary.
Silence of the Lambs wasn't the first on screen appearance of Hannibal Lecter because Hannibal Lecter was played by Brian Cox in Michael Mann's 1986 thriller "Manhunter".
Buffalo Bill is a combination of Ed Gein, Ted Bundy and Gary Hendrick. Ed Gein skinned his victims, Ted Bundy tricked people into his van by acting like he was struggling or injured and Gary Hendrick kept woman in a basement.
The first moth cocoon found in one of the victims throat was made from Tootsie rolls and gummy bears, so if swallowed it would be edible.
Brooke Smith gained 25 pounds for her role as Catherine Martin.
The portrayal of the character Dr. Hannibal Lecter is rated as the number #1 villain on the American Film Institute's 100 years...100 Heroes and Villains list.
The film was dedicated to Trey Wilson.
The Silence of the Lambs is the only horror movie to win a Best Picture Oscar.
The movie poster was as #16 of "The best 25 movie posters ever" by Premiere.
The initial release date was January 30, 1991.
Entertainment Weekly voted this as the 4th scariest film of all time.
Domestically, The Silence of the Lambs was the 4th most successful movie of 1991.
The Silence of the Lambs took a worldwide gross of $272,742,922.
The Silence of the Lambs had a budget of $19,000,000.